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Gehrke adds humor to life in Minn.

January 11, 2011
By Josh Moniz Staff Writer

NEW ULM - Laughter filled the District Administrative Center Auditorium Monday as Sleepy Eye author Dave Gehrke read humorous anecdotes from his book "A Shiver Runs Through It."

The book is a recollection of Gehrke's experiences living in Minnesota.

The excerpts that Gehrke read included a comedic depiction of his constant struggle to clear snow and his battle with mounting repairs needed to fix his efforts at home improvement.

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"Some of my writing comes from frustration," said Gehrke, "The stuff you can't get away from, like snow. You have to put up with it and it's frustrating. What you have do is laugh or go nuts. I'm gonna save the going nuts for later."

The presentation was the first in the 2011 Life-Living Series. The events in the series are free and bring a number of authors to New Ulm.

The next event is a reading by Jan Jenkins, whose book is about her son's disappearance in St. Cloud in 2002. It will be held Jan. 17 in the same location.

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Dave Gehrke reads excerpts from “A Shiver Runs Through It” at Monday’s Life-Living Series.

Gehrke is a retired superintendent and a former school teacher, sheep farmer and life insurance agent. Gehrke also previously ran a newspaper in Alden where he wrote a column. He said writing for the paper was part of what sparked him to be a writer full time. He said people preferred his humorous columns, so he began writing comedy. That led him to write his book, which he had published in 2009.

A video of Gehrke reading an excerpt from his book is available in this article online at

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